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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Belcher and Ryan gold medal contenders    
Sat, 26 Apr 2014

On the penultimate day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, the medal race places and early victories were decided across the Olympic events. The Australian Sailing Team will be going into Saturday’s medal races as the leader in both the 470M as well as the Nacra17 with Tom Burton currently in second place in the Laser fleet.

After a delayed start, an easterly 10-12 knot breeze and a choppy sea meant for close calls and tense racing on the race courses as sailors pushed for positions going into the final day.

Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) have a solid advantage in the Men's 470. Their lead stands at 17 points over the Greek Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis before the double points, 10-boat Medal Race. The Australians obliterated the opposition, taking the first bullet of the day by 44 seconds and popped up with a 28 second victory in the final race of the series to leave them in a good position before the Medal Race.

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It'll be all to play for in the Nacra 17 with plenty of permutations possible on the final day. Australian Sailing Team’s Darren Bundock (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) will enter the Medal Race with a seven-point advantage World Champion Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) and a nine-point lead over Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA). The French and Italian teams received black flag penalties for starting prematurely on the first race of the day whilst the Aussies sailed consistently across the day with a 7-4-5 score line.

With 14 points splitting the third place Italians and Euan McNicol (NSW) and Lucinda Whitty (NSW) in seventh it will be intriguing action in the Nacra 17 Medal Race.Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin just missed out of the medal race, finishing 12th overall.

Three points separate leading New Zealander Andy Maloney and Australian Sailing’s Tom Burton (NSW) heading into the Laser Medal Race. Both sailors used up their discard on the penultimate day of racing as Maloney loses a 20th and Burton a black flag starting disqualification.

With a breakage in the last race Matt Wearn (WA) dropped back into overall 13th and just missed out on the medal race together with Squad mate Ashley Brunning (NSW) in 12th. Finishing three Laser boats in the top 15 nevertheless continues to show the strength of the Australian Laser squad under coach and Sydney Olympic bronze medallist Michael Blackburn.

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It was a challenging day for Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) when were hit by another boat resulting in capsize and injury to Nathan that caused them to abandon Friday’s racing. A successful appeal for redress awarded them average points, putting them into overall fifth before the medal race.


Iain Jensen recalls what happened: 'It was a pretty windy and wavy day. We did the first race and we came out with a tenth, which was ok. In the second race we went a bit better and were third around the top mark when the bow of a give-way boat hit Nathan in the side and knocked him off the back and we capsized. It was a big hit on Nathan, so to make sure that he was ok we packed up and finished racing. He’s been seeing our team physio and doctor most of the afternoon but hopefully should be right to sail the medal race.'

Ashley Stoddart (QLD) will be racing the medal race for the Laser Radial class from sixth position – a result the twenty year old is stoked about: 'I’m pretty stoked about how I’ve been going and I think it’s a bonus to be in the medal race. If I can move forward it would be great but I’m also just happy about how I’ve been sailing.'

London Olympic Silver medallist Olivia Price (NSW) with new partner Eliza Solly (VIC) just missed out of the medal race and finished overall eleventh, despite posting top ten results (6, 2, 9) in Friday’s racing.

As Price said after racing this was a bit too late to be able to move up the rankings: 'We had a bit of a tough week and lost a lot of points earlier in the regatta and left it a bit too late to pull out some top ten results. But we ended up eleventh and just missed out of medal racing tomorrow.'

Australian Sailing’s Caitlin Elks (WA) and Tess Lloyd (VIC) finished the regatta in 21st.

In the Finn both Australian Sailing Squad’s athletes Jake Lilley (QLD) and Oliver Tweddell (VIC) finished 16th and 19th place respectively.

Medal Race action gets going at 11:00 on Saturday 26 April as racing at the fifth and final regatta of the 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup series concludes.

For all Australian Sailing results and information visit the ISAF Sailing World Cup website.

470 Men – Overall Results

Pos

Nation

Sail Number

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Total

Net

1

AUS

AUS11

Mathew Belcher

William Ryan

1

7

1

9

1

(11)

1

9

1

1

1

43.00

32.00

2

GRE

GRE1

Panagiotis Mantis

Pavlos Kagialis

6

4

2

6

2

2

8

6

6

7

(21)

70.00

49.00

3

FRA

FRA27

Sofian Bouvet

Jeremie Mion

2

4

12

2

3

10

5

1

5

(24)

10

78.00

54.00

4

SWE

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by Cora Zillich






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